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Oprah Winfrey and the glamour of misery : an essay on popular culture

Author: Eva Illouz
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Oprah Winfrey is an unprecedented and important cultural phenomenon. This text aims to understand the reasons for her spectacular success and visibility.
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Named Person: Oprah Winfrey; Oprah Winfrey; Oprah Winfrey; Oprah Winfrey; Oprah Winfrey; Oprah Winfrey; Oprah Winfrey
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eva Illouz
ISBN: 0231118120 9780231118125 0231118139 9780231118132
OCLC Number: 50598334
Description: 300 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Oprah Winfrey and the study of culture --
The success of a self-failed woman --
Everyday life as the uncanny : The Oprah Winfrey show as a new cultural genre --
Pain and circuses --
The hypertext of identity --
Suffering and self-help as global forms of identity --
The sources and resources of The Oprah Winfrey show --
Toward an impure critique of popular culture --
Conclusion : ordinary people, extraordinary television.
Responsibility: Eva Illouz.

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At a time when crises of morality, beliefs, value systems, and personal worth dominate both public and private spheres, Oprah's emergence as a cultural form - the Oprah persona - becomes clearer, as  Read more...

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We should commend Illouz in her willingness to blaze a new, and certainly untested path in anthropological writing. -- Seth Jacobs Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute Outstanding... its Read more...

 
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